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Frontier Horizon [Blu-ray]
(George Sherman, 1939)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Republic Pictures
Video: Olive Films
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 10,954,162,189 bytes
Feature Size: 10,862,678,016 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 22nd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 831 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 831 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: The Three Mesquiteers was the umbrella title for a series of fifty-one B-westerns released between 1936 and 1943. The films featured the characters Stony Brooke, Tucson Smith and Lullaby Joslin as the threesome, played by many B-western stars of that era. In 1938, John Wayne took over for Robert Livingston as Stony Brooke and starred in eight Mesquiteers films between 1938 and 1939, he was joined by Ray Corrigan as Tucson Smith and Max Terhune as Lullaby Joslin for the first six and Raymond Hatton as Rusty Joslin for the last two. all eight films were directed by George Sherman (Big Jake). John Ford's Stagecoach was perfectly sandwiched between the eight films and John Wayne portrayal of the outlaw gunfighter, The Ringo Kid, made him a superstar and ended Wayne's Stony Brooke run. Livingston was rehired as Brooke and went on to make fourteen more Mesquiteers films and for an incredible total of twenty-nine. In Frontier Horizon aka New Frontier (the final Wayne Mesquiteers film) - planning to build a reservoir on the site, the state government has condemned the town of New Hope and surrounding ranches. The state intends to compensate the landowners fairly, but a crooked real-estate promoter has different plans. The landowners lead by our three heroes ride into action, fighting back against the state and the crooks. Featuring Jennifer Jones (Duel in the Sun) in her screen debut, billed under her real name of Phyllis Isley.
It might be surprising for some people to hear this, but despite the fact that Stagecoach came out in March of 1939, John Wayne’s next four movies were a series of Three Mesquiteers vehicles for Republic Pictures. So, despite starring in a big-budget epic directed by John Ford, and released by United Artists. The Duke still found himself back in front of George Sherman’s camera playing Stony Brooke again. The Three Mesquiteers movies were big money makers for Republic, but b-westerns being the exploitive medium that they are, Republic certainly weren’t going to let a star like Wayne get away from them anytime soon, at least not as long as they could keep him under contract. All of that said; this movie did officially mark the Duke’s farewell to the Three Mesquiteers series.Excerpt from Epinions located HERE
The state government plans to build a flood-control dam and condemns the property of the local farmers and ranchers, including The Three Mesquiteers. The state intends to compensate the land-owners fairly, but a crooked real-estate promoter complicates things. The ranchers, led by Stony Brooke ('John Wayne'), Tucson Smith ('Ray Corrigan') and Rusty Joslin (Raymond Hatton) fight back against both the law and the crooks.Excerpt from Les Adams at IMDb located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
We've reviewed a few of these hour-long, early 'Duke' B westerns from Olive before; "Red River Range", "Three Texas Steers", "King of the Pecos" and "The Night Riders". Frontier Horizon aka New Frontier (not to be confused with The New Frontier directed by Carl Pierson in 1935 and also starring 'The Duke') is another of the 'Three Mesquiteers' western adventures and seems to follow the same Blu-ray transfer. The source condition must have been quite strong as this looks quite good. Improved contrast levels from SD, very few speckles and no undue damage. There is some nice layered contrast and I can't imagine that it looked much better originally. There is even some depth exported by the 1080P. This is one of the better of this series in terms of video presentation.
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Audio comes in the form of aDTS-HD Master mono track at 824 kbps. Hollow but with audible dialogue. Limitations are directly due to the source production and they aren't too cumbersome. There are no subtitles offered and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
None - not even a trailer.
January 17th, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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